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MIT Students Win U.S. Dyson Award For Hybrid Bike Wheel

The James Dyson Award has chosen a U.S. winner out of ten U.S. finalists on the country's shortlist of student invention winners who 'solved a problem.'  It is The Copenhagen Wheel, invented by a team of students at MIT's SENSEable City Lab.  Though created with the topography of the city of Copenhagen, Denmark in mind, The Copenhagen (Smart) Wheel has the 'wheels' to become a very hot bike item, no matter where in the world you live.  I mean doesn't every biker need a boost now and then to get up those 45 degree hills?

The Copenhagen Wheel, which can be fitted to any bike, contains a motor, batteries, and an internal gear system that can provide that boost up hills and during long journeys. The Wheel also includes GPS sensors that provide environmental data for mobile applications that can connect you to other cyclists, help you find the safest bike routes, and help you fulfill your exercise goals.

It's smart, but it's also pretty cool looking....

 

The Copenhagen Wheel, MIT SENSEable City Lab: image via James Dyson AwardsThe Copenhagen Wheel, MIT SENSEable City Lab: image via James Dyson Awards

 

The Copenhagen Wheel, MIT SENSEable City Lab: image via James Dyson AwardsThe Copenhagen Wheel, MIT SENSEable City Lab: image via James Dyson Awards

 

The Copenhagen Wheel, MIT SENSEable City Lab: image via James Dyson AwardsThe Copenhagen Wheel, MIT SENSEable City Lab: image via James Dyson Awards

 

The Copenhagen Wheel, MIT SENSEable City Lab: image via James Dyson AwardsThe Copenhagen Wheel, MIT SENSEable City Lab: image via James Dyson Awards

 

 The Copenhagen Wheel, MIT SENSEable City Lab: image via James Dyson AwardsThe Copenhagen Wheel, MIT SENSEable City Lab: image via James Dyson Awards

 

 The Copenhagen Wheel, MIT SENSEable City Lab, control through your smart phone: image via James Dyson AwardsThe Copenhagen Wheel, MIT SENSEable City Lab, control through your smart phone: image via James Dyson Awards

 

The Green Miles feature of The Copenhagen Wheel, inspired by frequent flyer awards given by airline companies, is an additional ingenious motivator for drivers to leave their cars at home and take their zero-emissions bikes to work or just to get out for some exercise.

Here, take a ride!

 

 

The James Dyson Award has selected its top winners from 18 countries.  The next round of winners will be announced on August 24, and then there will be one more round to select the (final) finalists.  The international student invention winner of the James Dyson 2010 Award will be announced on October 5, 2010.   Check out some of the many other award winners at JamesDysonAward.org.